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What Is Causing My Gums to Bleed?

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Do your gums bleed after you brush and floss your teeth? Bleeding gums is a common sign of gingivitis, or early stage gum disease. Read more about the signs and symptoms of gum disease, along with treatment options we offer here at Edgewater Dental Arts.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a progressive disease that is predominantly caused by lack of proper oral hygiene. When plaque, bacteria, and food particles gather under the gum line, your gums will become inflamed. If left untreated, they can eventually separate from your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to decay and even leading to tooth loss.

One of the most common signs of early stage gum disease, or gingivitis, is tender, bleeding gums, especially when you brush or floss. Other signs of gingivitis include:

  • Swollen, red gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Tender gums

How to Stop Your Gums From Bleeding

If you think you have gingivitis, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. At Edgewater Dental Arts, we offer services that can treat any stage of gum disease, but it’s best to catch it in its early stages. We’ll typically perform a deep cleaning of your gums and a scaling treatment to remove all bacteria from below the gum line. We might also recommend antibacterial mouth rinses or other methods to reduce bacteria and inflammation.

If you have more advanced gum disease, we might explore more intensive periodontal therapy including scaling or root planing or gum surgery.

Proper Brushing & Flossing Technique

Maintaining a proper brushing and flossing regimen is of utmost importance to prevent gum disease. Remember: flossing shouldn’t be painful! Gently guide the floss between your teeth and under your gum line, using a large amount of floss so it doesn’t feel too tight or taut around your teeth. Floss threaders are great for those who have tight spaces between their teeth.

Gum Disease Treatment in Edgewater, MD

At Edgewater Dental Arts, we’re proud to offer a range of services to meet you where your dental care needs are. Whether you need a preventative treatment or a restorative one, we’ve got you covered. Contact us at 410-956-3525 or schedule an appointment with us online to visit our office and get the treatment you need!

Written by

John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.